Chaparral’s girls swim team puts a lot of heart and dedication into the season. The two hour practices every day after school pushing their bodies and minds to the max. All of it has lead to this moment: state. The girls trained for “eight weeks and then two weeks before state we began to taper which is where we give our muscles time to relax so we aren’t sore before the meet,” said Heidi Waldmann, a senior on the team. Swimming is much more than training the body to stay in shape, the swimmers have to have a strong mental toughness. “The hardest thing I had to overcome was my own thoughts,” said Julia Scadden, a junior on the team. She went on to say, “I knew I was in shape for the season. I knew I had a good suit, and I knew I was ready, but I had to keep reminding myself and my teammates how truly prepared we all were.” This year the team had to work a little harder in order to succeed this season. “The hardest thing I had to overcome this year was probably that we got a whole new coaching staff” said Waldmann. Even though the team had a new staff they came together and supported each other through everything. When Waldmann qualified for state she said, “I got out of the pool, my teammates all came over and gave me the biggest hug. It made me really happy getting out of the pool and knowing that all my hard work had paid off.” Making state was also a huge achievement for Scadden because of all the hard work she has put into swimming. Not just the work she did during this season, but also the seasons before. “Making state felt really good because I had gone my freshman and sophomore year as well,” said Scadden. Now she knows that putting in the work now will set her up for success in the future. Being able to compete in state is a big honor, but the best thing about state is “watching everyone, even people on my team, achieve their goals” Scadden said. Clearly, the Chaparral’s swim team went head on into state with no doubt that they would do their very best.
By Lauren Browne